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Current Projects Seeking Volunteers

The projects listed below are currently seeking research participants.  If you would like to participate in such projects, please contact us at volunteer@nal.gov.au to schedule your intake appointment. We look forward to seeing you at NAL!

Cortical evaluations of infants with sensorineural hearing loss and auditory neuropathy using HEARLab

Who?
Infants 6-18 months who have a hearing loss or auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder (ANSD)

What?
This study is looking at measuring infant hearing with gel stickers which are placed on your infant’s head. The infant will perform a behavioural hearing test involving puppets and then sit down and relax while watching a movie. Research will provide much needed hearing information for families with infants who have ANSD. Participants will need to travel to Macquarie University for the test which consists of one session of approximately two hours. Participants will receive a small gratuity to cover travel costs.

Contact
Jessica
Jessica.Sjahalam-King@nal.gov.au
(02) 9412 9647.

Infant discrimination and early acquisition of language (IDEAL) study

Who?
Infants 3-12 months with bilateral congenital hearing loss

What?
This study will develop and validate new hearing tests to assess whether babies with hearing loss can discriminate between different sounds, and look at how this is related to later language development. Our tests include 1) measuring your infant’s brainwaves using gel stickers which are placed on their head, and 2) looking at their behavioural responses (eg. head turn) to changes in sounds. At age 3, we will assess their language development. This research will help families and clinicians to take the most appropriate intervention pathways as early as possible. Participants will need to travel to Macquarie University for two to three appointments. Participants will received a small gratuity to cover travel costs.

Contact
Cara
cara.wong@nal.gov.au
(02) 9412 6783

Controlling directional features in hearing aids

Who?
Adults who have a mild to moderate hearing loss and wear hearing aid(s).

What?
This study aims to determine whether directional characteristics in hearing aids can be automatically controlled, to increase speech intelligibility in everyday listening situations and to reduce listening effort. The study involves coming for two appointment sessions for two hours each time. Participants will have their hearing tested and do a short cognitive task and questionnaire. They will be fitted with a set of prototype hearing devices and undertake some listening tasks in the lab. A small gratuity will be paid to cover travel costs. We will be recruiting for this study between September and December this year.

Contact
Margot
margot.mclelland@nal.gov.au
(02) 9412 6943

Infant discrimination and early acquisition of language (IDEAL) NORMATIVE Study

Who?
Infants 3-12 months with NORMAL hearing (ie. have passed newborn hearing screening)

What?
This study will collect normative data on the new measures developed to assess whether babies with hearing loss can discriminate between different sounds. The tests include 1) measuring your infant’s brainwaves using gel stickers which are placed on their head, and 2) looking at their behavioural responses (ie. head turn) to changes in sounds. This research will help families and clinicians of children with hearing loss to take the most appropriate intervention pathways as early as possible. Participants will need to travel to Macquarie University for two appointments. Participants will receive a small gratuity to cover travel costs.

Contact
Cara
cara.wong@nal.gov.au
(02) 9412 6783

Auditory Resolution Deficits in Primary School Children with Reading Difficulties: Assessment, Electrophysiological Mapping, and Intervention

Who?
a) Children aged 7.5-11.5 years with typical hearing and reading skills. b) Children aged 7.5-11.5 years with reading difficulties.

What?
In this study we are investigating whether reading difficulties in some children result from deficits in the ability to recognise rapidly changing parts of speech. The study consists of behavioural tests where your child will respond to auditory or visual stimuli, and an electrophysiology EEG study where your child’s brain waves will be recorded using electrodes placed on their scalp. Testing is completed over 2 x 2 hour sessions. Participants will receive a financial gift in appreciation of their time.

Contact
Kiri
kiri.mealings@nal.gov.au
(02) 9412 6731